by Amanda Nettgen
+ Truly perfect rendition of the classic English board game
+ One person can play against the computer AI
+ Great graphics and creepy atmosphere
– No multi-player option
– Hasbro stopped download editions
Thanks to Hasbro, Clue Classic can no longer be downloaded — you’ll have to buy it from Amazon. BOO, Hasbro!
The name Clue Classic really IS the Clue board game you loved to play while growing up. Clue the PC game plays just like the more traditional version. It looks like you’re playing with cutout replicas of the characters on the modern game box.
You can play with up to five ranked computer players (you must play with at least two). Play as each of the six characters if you plan on earning the achievements for doing so. Your cards will be dealt and already checked off on your “point and click” notebook sheet. A stage hand will put your paper doll-esque moving token in place, and a click of a button will instruct you to roll the dice.
On your turn, try and make your way to a room so you can make a murder suggestion. The game is really handy in that black arrows will show you exactly where you can move; there’s no eye squinting or counting in your head to determine where you can venture on the tiny squares. You get to watch a lovely room sequence each time you enter a new part of the house.
With each room you will pick a fellow partygoer to blame for the killing of Mr. Boddy (perhaps even yourself!) and their presumed weapon of choice. The other players MUST show you if they have one (but only one) of those cards.
Click once in the appropriate area on your Clue game notebook to mark a red x over what the other players have just shown you. You now know that what is in the Confidential File is not any of those things. You can also jot down any notes on the other contenders’ reactions – unique to the Clue PC version.
You’ll watch the other players move automatically. You must also offer up a card to show them when they guess, if available.
You may make an accusation at any time during your turn during the Clue PC game. You should be fairly certain your take is right, as incorrect allegations will cause you to lose a turn. If your detective work was successful, a flashback of who killed Mr. Boddy and with what object will play.
The main disappointment with Clue Classic is that you can only play with computer players. While PC games are meant for individuals, it seems kind of silly that a game you can’t play by yourself in real-life wouldn’t provide a multi-player feature in the virtual version.
If you really love the board game Clue, then this short career take could be fun for you. Otherwise, Clue Classic is probably better for kids who don’t expect a lot from their computer games. I’d rate it a 5 out of 5 if only it had a multi-player function!